Space Studies master’s student, Joseph Jessup, will defend his thesis as follows. All Space Studies students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend. Please show your support!
When: Thursday, November 5th at 4:00 p.m. (Central)
Where: Ryan Hall, Room 111
Title: HYBRID ENHANCED EPIDERMAL (HEE) SPACESUIT DESIGN APPROACHES
About the topic: A space suit that does not require gas pressurization is a multi-faceted problem that requires major stability controls to be incorporated during design and construction. The Hybrid Epidermal Enhancement (HEE) space suit integrates human anthropomorphic and physiological adaptations into its functionality, and using commercially available bio-medical technologies to address shortcomings of conventional gas pressure suits, and the impracticalities of current mechanical counter pressure (MCP) concept suits. The prototype HEE Space Suit explored integumentary homeostasis, thermal control, and enhanced mobility using advanced bio-medical materials technology and construction techniques. The goal is a space suit that functions as a multi-functional bio-mimic of the human epidermal layer working in attunement with the wearer rather than as a separate system. The HEE technology demonstrator is a product of research and design of biofeedback sensor/controls integration and materials research offering increased mobility, integrated thermal control across the entire range of operating environments, and scalable modular design for a variety of operating environments. Potential applications include planetary exploration, short term emergency EVA, high altitude research ballooning, rescue and recovery.
Initial materials and sub-systems testing and evaluations have been done in close collaboration with Paragon Space Development Corporation (SDC) in Tucson, Arizona. Sub-atmospheric and vacuum conditions in Paragon SDC’s hypobaric chamber provided important data for the thermal control components, transitional neck seal prototype glove, and HEE biomedical material performance in a hard vacuum. These results and future design iterations of HEE suit components will be discussed. The HEE prototype suit will be on display for viewing.
About the presenter: After attending primary and secondary schools in Africa, the Middle East and the United States, Joseph pursued undergrad work at Wichita State University, Kansas, US, Mohave and Pima Community colleges in Arizona studying astronomy, physics, biology and paleoanthropology, as well as Geographic information systems at UND, where he earned an Bachelors of Arts and Science. His varied skills and experience in the technology and aerospace fields include aircraft mechanic doing major structural repair mechanic on vintage warbirds and civil aviation aircraft, composite experimental aircraft construction, managing a hardware and software design company in the Former Soviet Union, physical science teacher for Lake Havasu School District #1, as well as construction of fictional and real life space craft for private collections, museums and Hollywood films. In August Joseph officially incorporated Geosylva-Telepor LLC Space Research and Design Company in the state of Arizona, with the goal of funding continued HEE space suit research and development.
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